Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Harlem [dream Deferred] - Poem by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


Comments about Harlem [dream Deferred] by Langston Hughes

  • Rookie - 11 Points Sara Betru (5/27/2015 1:52:00 PM)

    love the way in which he expresses dreams... such vivid day to day things and yet dreams aren't that tangible and it just makes u wonder: What does happen to all the dreams we had that didn't happen? ? ? (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 67 Points Barnicalboy Mermaidman (12/11/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    does it explode in her mouth like a heavy load ooohhhhhh (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 67 Points Barnicalboy Mermaidman (12/11/2014 9:49:00 AM)

    does his heavy load explode in her mouth oooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 16 Points Simone Callender-lindo (8/22/2012 8:19:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem. I love it so much. Maybe because it reflects pieces of my life that i hope to correct. Langston Hughes is also my favorite poet, his works are very deep in meaning and well put together. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sherisa Schumake (9/11/2011 7:25:00 PM)

    i learned this in 3rd grade. thanks ms.kennedy (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, April 1, 2011


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